Freemans & Co was founded in 1905 in Clapham, just outside London; Grattan Catalogues in 1912 with its headquarters in Bradford.
In 1999 Freemans was acquired and merged under the Otto UK umbrella with Grattan, which had been previously purchased in 1991. The parent company in the UK was renamed Freemans Grattan Holdings (FGH) in 2009 and is part of the Otto Group. It has approximately 1,000 employees
FGH’s business concentrates on e-commerce. As a universal retailer, it operates various online marketplaces at freemans.co.uk, grattan.co.uk and lookagain.co.uk